Payroll Processor Salary

An average Payroll Processor in the United States can expect to take home roughly $16.07 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $11.99 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $21.77. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Payroll Processors who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 88 percent. Although one-fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job.

$29,209 - $49,852
(Median)
$29K
$39K
$50K
MEDIAN: $39,054
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$11.99 - $21.77
(Median)
$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$29,209 - $49,852  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,491  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$26,061 - $47,884  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 74
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.99 - $21.77  
   
Overtime
$20.24 - $32.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,491  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$26,061 - $47,884  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 177

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Job Description for Payroll Processor

Payroll processors process payroll information for employees within their organization, which may include a large number of employees at multiple locations. Duties include collecting, entering, and maintaining data for weekly or bi-weekly processing, recording data for accounting reports, conducting ACH processing for direct deposits and performing some clerical duties. A payroll processor generally works with several departments or colleagues to send and receive data, so they must be prepared to work within their office team and with clients.

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Payroll Processor Tasks

  • Enter changes to employee payroll records.
  • Communicate with employees regarding changes in salary, benefits, etc.
  • Handle voluntary and involuntary deductions.
  • Calculate, key, total, and balance substitute payrolls.
  • Create reports for information pertaining to payroll.

Common Career Paths for Payroll Processor


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As Payroll Processors transition into upper-level roles such as Senior Payroll Processor, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Senior Payroll Processors earn $46K on average per year.

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Popular Skills for Payroll Processor


Survey results suggest that Payroll Processors use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in ADP Payroll System, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Payroll Administration. For most people, competency in Microsoft Excel indicates knowledge of Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Payroll Processor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Payroll Processors with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $33K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $36K on average. For Payroll Processors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $41K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $45K.

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Experience Affects Payroll Processor Salaries




National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Payroll Processor Salaries

ADP Payroll System
up arrow 14%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$35,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 26%